Upcoming Events: L.A. Times Festival of Books

Upcoming Events: L.A. Times Festival of Books

My favorite book festival is coming up soon…  the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! In 2016 the dates are set for April 9-10 at the USC campus. In addition to being the largest book festival in the United States – with more than 150,000 people expected to attend and offering hundreds of free readings, talks, and amazing panels –  it’s all FREE.

There is nothing better than wandering through more than 400 exhibition booths  at this massive event, meeting authors and publishers, attending the events, and simply celebrating writing, books, and the written word (as well as all the people who make the magic happen).

I also want to say thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who help make this event possible. If you’re in the area and have time, check out volunteering here.


Publisher’s Marketplace and 2016 YA “Buzz Books”

Publisher’s Marketplace and 2016 YA “Buzz Books”

If you’re an aspiring writer and haven’t heard of Publisher’s Marketplace yet, go meet your new friend. This website is a great source for information on agents, deals, publishers, and more. Some of the information is available for free, including lists of agents who are currently open to submissions, or there is a $25/mo. membership fee for broader access to the site’s databases.

If you check out Publisher’s Marketplace, you’ll quickly notice Buzz Books. The 2016 Spring/Summer edition just came out and I love the concept – in both fiction and young adult fiction, substantial excepts of upcoming titles are compiled in free e-book form, often long before these samples are available on Amazon or other sites.  It’s a fantastic way to check out what’s new and upcoming.

In the 2016 Spring/Summer Young Adult Book Buzz there are more than a few titles I’m very excited for.  In particular:

Monica Hesse’s GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.
On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person–a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room.

For more, check out this interview with the author on Mashable.


Victoria Schwab’s THIS SAVAGE SONG (Greenwillow Books)

The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls … A unique, fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within.

For more, see cover reveal in Epic Reads.


David Levithan and Nina LaCour’s YOU KNOW ME WELL (St. Martin’s Griffin).

You Know Me Well, told in alternating points of view, is the story of two unlikely confidants. Classmates Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for a year, but have never spoken. One night, far from home, their paths cross, and soon, they realize they know each other better than anyone else. They’ll guide each other through their first loves and heartbreaks, which, by the way, don’t involve each other: Mark is in love with his best friend Ryan, while Kate has been in love with a girl from afar, and may have ruined her chance to meet her.

For more, see article in Entertainment Weekly.


Upcoming Events: PEN Center Author Evenings

Upcoming Events: PEN Center Author Evenings

To celebrate the PEN Center USA fellowship’s twentieth anniversary in 2016, this year’s Emerging Voices Author Evenings are open to the public here in Los Angeles. Check out a full schedule here.

On Monday, Feb. 8th, 2016 @ 7:30p.m., head to Chevalier’s Books to see Charles Yu, author of How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, among other books, and Salvador Plascencia, author of the mind-bending and fantastically surrealist novel The People of Paper, as they read and discuss their work.